, could do this because he was a navy fighter pilot, he -- >> rose: there's no doubt he's a good pilot. >> he understood what he had to do was stop the dive. >> rose: right. >> so by inverting the plane, he inverts the surface, and it makes the plane go up. >> rose: a navy piled would know that. >> yeah, a navy pilot would know that. and of course when we talked to our experts they said, "yeah, that would be a last-ditch effort." and then they said, of course the engines wouldn't run for very long." we said, "good, we'll pull that in the movie ( laughter ) >> rose: why this film for you? why fly. >> you know, i-- know it all comes down to the script for me. when i read a screen play i can't put down, and when i read a screen play that's unique and really well written and complex, i feel it's worthy to do. and then i had heard tha that denzel was interested in doing it, and when i readed screen play it was like he was perfect for the part. and i called him up and said, are you really interested in it? and he said, yeah, i am." >> what they called me and said bob zemeckis. i said, what?